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Mexico captures drug lord linked to DEA murder


Infamous drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero, convicted of murdering a US DEA agent in 1985, was arrested on Friday nearly a decade after leaving a Mexican prison and returning to dealing drugs, a confirmed a Mexican Navy official.

The source, who was not authorized to speak publicly, agreed to confirm the action to The Associated Press if not named by name. No other details of the capture were immediately available.

The United States had offered a $20 million reward to help find Caro Quintero, who was arrested in a special operation by Mexican Marines with the Secretary of the Navy, called SEMAR. The brutal murder marked a low point in US-Mexico relations.

Caro Quintero had remained on the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s most wanted list for years for various crimes, including drug trafficking and orchestrating the kidnapping and murder of Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena. The United States closed the Mexican border for several days until public pressure inside Mexico led the cartel to return the agent’s body to US authorities.

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“Kiki Camarena has been a North Star for DEA agents since her murder and torture,” Chris Evans, who retired last year after overseeing DEA agents around the world, said Friday at the Louisville Courier-Journal, which is part of the USA TODAY Network. “His sacrifice has never been forgotten and runs in the blood of the agency.”

The kidnapping is depicted in the Netflix TV series “Narcos”, season 4.

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